Understanding Gita – 50

Chapter 3 – Karma Yoga

Shloka 7 – 8


yas tv indriyāi manasā
niyamyārabhate ‘rjuna
karmendriyai karma-yogam
asakta sa viśiyate


yaone who; tubut; indriyāisenses; manasāby the mind; niyamyaregulating; ārabhatebegins; arjuna—O Arjuna; karmaindriyaiby the active sense organs; karmayogamdevotion; asaktawithout attachment; sahe; viśiyateby far the better.

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But one who begins to regulate the indriyas through manas(mind), O Arjuna, by performing karma-yoga(devotion to lord) by the sense organs without any attachment, is by far superior.

Instead of controlling the outside but letting go your mind run haywire inside, it is far better to control the mind and then perform the duties with detachment, keeping lord in the mind. Controlling the mind is far better than controlling the sense organs.  



niyata kuru karma tva
karma jyāyo hy akarmaa
śarīra-yātrāpi ca te
na prasiddhyed akarmaa


niyatamprescribed; kurudo; karmaduties; tvamyou; karmawork; jyāyabetter; hithan; akarmaawithout work; śarīrabodily; yātrāmaintenance; apieven; caalso; teyour; nanever; prasiddhyeteffected; akarmaawithout work.

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You do your prescribed duties, doing karma is greater than akarma(not doing karma). Also your body cannot be maintained without doing karma.

One should not shy away from their prescribed duties, because working thus way is far superior than not-working. Our body also needs some work for it’s maintenance.

As a wife and a mother, I have some duties towards my husband and child. I cannot sit in dhayana and say I will not take care of them anymore. I cannot shy away from my duties. Here doing is far better than not-doing. Also keeping my body healthy for it to be able to do the required devotional service is also a priority.    

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